Aromatic baths

Healing begins with an aromatic bath and a daily massage.

-Hippocrates

Having an aromatic bath can be a weekly (or even daily) ritual of gentle, quiet self-care.

Filling the tub with warm water, adding aromatic salts, closing the door, sinking into the warm water and letting the scent permeate your being can be an act of mindful meditation.

Using essential oils in the bath is so easy to do.

Creating an aromatic bath ritual

Safety Tips
  • Never add essential oils directly to the bath water. Essential oils and water do not mix! Remember that essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause irritation if used on the skin undiluted.  If you drop essential oils directly into the bath water, the drops will stay on the surface of the water and come in contact with your skin. The undiluted essential oils can potentially cause irritation.
  •  The safe, effective way to use essential oils in a bath is to mix them with a fatty substance, such as milk or a carrier oil. The milk or carrier oil protects your skin and helps the essential oils to disperse in the bath water.
  • Add your essential oil mixture once you have finished filling the tub – that way you can benefit from the beautiful aroma. Make sure to “swish” the water around to disperse the essential oil blend.
Two popular ways to use essential oils in the bath

Bath Salts

  • Add 5 – 6 drops of essential oils with 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil (or another plant oil) and mix with 1/2 – 1 cup of epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, pink Himalyan salts, or your favorite bath salt.

Milk Bath

  • Add 5 – 6 drops of essential oils to 1/2 cup of whole milk and pour it into the bath. The essential oils will bond with the fats in the milk and create a protective layer that prevents skin irritation.
Essential oil recipes

Relaxing blend #1

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drops ylang ylang extra*
  • 2 drops mandarin

*A note about ylang ylang: There are different grades of ylang-ylang essential oil depending on when the oil is extracted in its lengthy process of distillation: Ylang Ylang Extra and then grades 1, 2 and 3. The first hour of distilling produces ylang ylang extra. This is the optimal distillation for true aromatherapy producing a high quality essential oil that is also highly valued in perfumery. Ylang ylang1 is produced from the next 2 ½ hours of distillation. Ylang ylang1 is also suitable for skin care products and therapeutic use, but it doesn’t have quite the same scent as ylang ylang extra.

Relaxing blend #2

  • 2 drops sweet orange
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 cape chamomile
  • 1 drop vetiver

There are some essential oils that you should avoid in the bath as they can be too irritating to the skin, including: peppermint, ginger, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper.

Do you have a favorite essential oil blend for the bath?

2 thoughts on “Aromatic baths

  1. jkelsowinter says:

    I use Epsom salt for muscle relaxation. Do you have an essential oil suggestion that helps sore muscles ?

  2. shelagh says:

    Epsom salts are a favorite of mine for sore muscles too! You can add 4 -5 drops of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) to one cup of epsom salts to help bring relief to your muscles.

    Once you are out of the tub, you can massage your muscles with this blend:

    30 ml (1 ounce) Arnica (Arnica Montana) oil
    9 drops lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
    5 drops black spruce essential oil (Picea mariana)
    4 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)

    Thank you for your question,
    Shelagh

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